Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001

Storm earns first-round bye in NCAAs

In some ways it was like any other Monday afternoon at Acquista Trattoria, as St. John's men's soccer players strolled into their favorite Italian eatery on Union Turnpike, a short walk from the Jamaica campus. Comment.

Springfield Gardens falls to Brooklyn Tech in semis

Damion Chambers could only shrug his shoulders and force a smile. Twice in a one-minute span with his team trailing 2-0 late in the second half of the PSAL ‘B’ soccer semifinal, the Springfield Gardens senior striker had a pair of brilliant scoring chances, the type of chances he finished so many times during the season. Comment.

College Round-up: Queens natives lead Hofstra to win

It may not have been pretty, but for Queens Village native Tom Pecora he’ll take a 67-65 victory over Florida Atlantic Saturday at Hofstra Arena in his Pride head coaching debut. Comment.

QCC Tigers back with more size

Size matters. Without it, the Queensborough Community College Tigers were overmatched in the City University of New York Athletic Conference last season on their way to a 5-18 record. Comment.

Red Storm socccer wins Big East crown

STORRS, CONN.— After five years of frustration, the St. John’s men’s soccer team finally defeated a Ray Reid-coached University of Connecticut team Sunday and the Red Storm picked the most dramatic way to do so as senior Shalrie Joseph netted the game-winner with 7:48 left in the second half to lift No. 8 St. John’s to a 1-0 win in the Big East championship game in front of 2,553 rabid Huskies fans. Comment.

York looks to Oudkerk to lead Cardinals

York men’s basketball coach Ron St. John didn’t mince words. If the Cardinals are to be successful in 2001-02 and have a chance to return to the Division III NCAA tournament for the first time in five years, they will rely on 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior center Quincy Oudkerk. Comment.

Smith look towards youth to lead York women

Jackie Smith looks back at the York women’s basketball team’s accomplishments last year and is still amazed. With a roster that topped out at seven players, the Lady Cardinals finished the season 16-8, 10-3 in the CUNYAC, good for a second place finish in the South Division. Comment.

DG Roller Hockey: Transcreen stamps out Gary Mann Productions

Transcreen 7, Gary Mann Productions 4. Mirroring their first game, Transcreen stamped a 3-1 lead on Gary Mann Productions in the early going on two goals from Mat Novak and one from Jimmy Raymond, his first goal of the season, with assists by little Anthony Binanti, Diego Rosa and Keith Lippert. But Gary Mann’s Tim Caffrey and Kenny McCrorie answered back with help from Joe Monte and Paul Giantiempo to end the first period at 3-2 with Transcreen on top. Comment.

Qreview: ‘Shallow Hal’ is too shallow

Hold on just a minute, I’m trying to think of something nice to say about “Shallow Hal.” Comment.

Snows first-graders enjoy soccer season

The team was led by the dynamic scoring of Karl Cesar and Mark Spano, each of whom had multiple scoring games. Christopher Duncan and Theresa Conway also scored goals during the season. Paul Neoit, Conor Maher and Tara O’Rourke also played well offensively with each just missing goals on several occasions. Comment.

Cross comes up short in semifinals defeat

Playing without their leading rusher, the Holy Cross varsity football team never got into an offensive flow, falling in the CHSAA ‘AA’ semifinal battle, 12-7, Saturday at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Comment.

Martin falls to Canarsie, 34-6, in PSAL semifinals

August Martin football coach Mike Greene summed up his team's 34-6 loss to Canarsie in the PSAL quarterfinals Saturday with one simple phrase. Comment.

Teams gear up for new CHSHL season

The St. Francis Prep hockey team had a magical season last year, finishing with an 18-1-1 mark as the Terriers captured the Catholic High School Hockey League’s ‘B’ division crown. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: A team in the making at St. John’s

The game’s result was a forgone conclusion, but it was the little things that made this first night interesting, at least for me. Comment.

Editorial: Let the games come

On Sept. 11, New York City took it on the chin for the entire free world. Osama Bin Laden sent his madmen here to commit their act of terrorism because New York is the capital of the world. Like the Phoenix, this city will rise from the ashes. It is only fitting that the Summer Olympics, the symbol of international peace and unity, should come to New York in 2012. We have paid the price. Comment.

Our History: Jefferson’s words apply today as they did then

Sometimes in a nation’s history there are “unavoidable wars” — times when it seems avoidance might create conditions that are worse than warfare itself. This seems to be a time again when our enemies have left us no choice. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: We can help each other in many little, vital ways

When a baby arrives, communication is immediately demanded. That first cry is crucial — it is the first of many future attempts to let someone else know something. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Buildings Dept. security needs serious beefing up

A few weeks ago at a meeting of the West Cunningham Park Civic Association, a group of homeowners came to protest a house being turned into a large house of worship. They didn’t feel that a house on land zoned R 2 for a one-family house, should be turned into a building which might have perhaps 100 people coming in to meet and be served food. They are concerned about auto traffic. Comment.

To The Point: Thanksgiving is time to think of family, others

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Comment.

Confectioner creates magic out of chocolate

With a baker’s cap flopping off his head and his hands clutching a chocolate-filled decorating bag, Peter Aigner certainly looks the part of candy maker as he makes Christmas truffles in the back room of Krause’s Candy Kitchen in Forest Hills. Comment.

Ridgewood serviced by Wyckoff’s new ambulances

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center unveiled two new ambulances at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on its Brooklyn campus last week, officially launching an emergency response service targeting Ridgewood and surrounding communities in Queens. Comment.

Postponed Jamaica gala set for Nov. 29 at JFK

After putting off its 2001 gala following the World Trade Center disaster, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation is set to host a party in honor of Gov. George Pataki and the consortium that built the new $1.6 billion International Arrivals Terminal at JFK Airport. Comment.

CB 12 knocks city’s plan to reopen Jamaica wells

Members of Community Board 12 and Jamaica residents reacted with skepticism last week to the city Department of Environmental Protection’s plan to open up two Jamaica wells as part of a pilot project to explore adding local groundwater to Queens’ drinking supply. Comment.

Long Island City doctor arrested on sex charges

A Park Avenue doctor last week was arrested and charged with sexually abusing two patients in his Long Island City office, three days before a Woodside ultrasound technician was arrested on sodomy charges for an alleged incident at a Manhattan hospital. Comment.

John Liu’s opponents question election win

For John Liu, it’s time to move on. But his former opponents feel differently. Comment.

Website offers resources to strapped boro schools

Even before the Sept. 11 attacks Queens schools were struggling to make up for a lack of funds, with some teachers and principals reporting that the money for basic supplies like paper was coming out of their own pockets. Comment.

Boro cultural institutions facing large budget cuts

Broadway is just now rebounding from the effects of Sept. 11, but the city’s non-profit cultural institutions, including many venues in Queens, are being hit on several sides. Comment.

Take a trolley around boro’s Culture Loop

Beginning Sunday Dec. 2 and continuing every Sunday thereafter, you can take a trip to the past as well as to the future on Flushing Town Hall’s new trolley, stopping at an array of cultural and historic sites along the way. The service operates every Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., and is free. Comment.

Queens public libraries’ Sunday hours shortened

Queens Borough Public Library officials plan to reduce the system’s Sunday hours starting Nov. 25 in response to a partial freeze in the library’s budget after the events of Sept. 11. Comment.

Muslim, Christian clerics jointly celebrate Ramadan

In a year when world events have placed added significance on the Islamic celebration of Ramadan, members of the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center in Jamaica ushered in the holy month in a special inter-faith service Friday afternoon. Comment.

Woodhaven cemetery gets landmark status

Four markers recognizing the historical and architectural significance of the Wycoff-Snediker Family Cemetery and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Woodhaven received official blessings from the church’s rector Sunday. Comment.

Expectant moms to have a refuge in College Point

Eleanor Ruder gets a lot of phone calls. Comment.

High-tech printing plant to open in College Point

A $25 million, high-tech facility for the printing industry is on the verge of coming to College Point and expected to generate about 650 jobs. Comment.

Crowley addresses impact of terrorism on Queens

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) assembled a collection of postal, medical and police officials Monday night to provide firsthand accounts of how America’s war on terrorism is being fought on numerous fronts in Queens. Comment.

Fake fireman bilked Whitestone woman: DA

“I met him at Shea Stadium the first game back after the World Trade Center,” said a 31-year-old Whitestone woman who wished to remain nameless. Comment.

St. Francis reaches final with dramatic OT win

A classic battle between the Iona Prep Gaels and St. Francis Prep Terriers Saturday evening came down to one play. A season’s worth of hard work and the right to play for the CHSFL ‘AAA’ championship would be decided on a two-point conversion attempt by Iona in double overtime. Comment.

Diverse coalition forms to fight for Queens park

A coalition of more than 10 Queens neighborhood organizations unanimously decided to establish an advocacy group that will promote community involvement in the operation of Flushing Meadows Corona Park at a meeting last week in Kew Gardens. Comment.

Richmond Hill pantry strains to feed hungry

Staring at a few cartons of Parmalat milk and a couple of cases of canned beets, Tony Miranda shook his head and wondered how he would be able to continue feeding the more than 250 families that rely on Richmond Hill’s Elohim Christian Church for food each week. Comment.

Patriot Act raises immigrants’ fears

New York City immigrants have faced aggressive questioning from authorities, a tougher economy and more legal restrictions in the aftermath of Sept. 11, a panel of civic leaders at the Flushing Library said last week. Comment.

Newcomers add flavors to Thanksgiving meals

Thanksgiving in Morshed Alam’s house comes with all the trimmings and then some. Family and friends gather at his table every November to feast on a south Asian riff on a distinctly American tradition: curried turkey. Comment.

Cops honored with plaque at 105th Precinct

The hard work, dedication and sacrifices of the 105th Precinct’s police officers after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center earned them special recognition from their community council in early November. Comment.

111th cautions drivers about rise in accidents

The 111th Police Precinct in Bayside has put out an alert for northeast Queens drivers to be more careful around the maze of construction sites that have sprung up around the precinct. Comment.

LGA shops stop selling nail files, corkscrews

Seizure of such implements as nail files, corkscrews and even ski poles has spread even to retail shops inside secure areas of airports as part of heightened security in response to the World Trade Center attack. Comment.

APEC celebrates 25 years, honors its supporters

After 25 years of nature walks, bird-watching and star gazing, the staff and supporters of Alley Pond Environmental Center came together Saturday night to celebrate the silver anniversary of the group’s Northern Boulevard headquarters. Comment.

Astoria theater brings back sold-out revue

In the toy-strewn basement of an Astoria church, a group of actors has transformed a child’s playland into an adult’s theatrical portal. Comment.

Sept. 11 victims, heroes honored at Bayside HS

Armed with music and art, the students and staff of Bayside High School paid stirring tribute last week to the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a more than two-hour long event. Comment.

Pre-schoolers send banner to Ground Zero

In nearly every nook and cranny of the Bayside Kindergarten and Nursery school there are the bright colors of children’s paintings or the happy noises of preschoolers singing or at play. Comment.

Families gather to mourn Rockaway crash victims

As investigators struggled to find out what brought down American Airlines Flight 587 in Belle Harbor, a memorial service was held in the Rockaways to remember all of the people who lost their lives in the crash. Comment.

Budget crisis threatens Queens garden overhaul

Flushing gardeners are dreaming of waterfalls in their downtown. Comment.

Residents voice concerns about dirty Elmhurst lot

A proposal to rezone an Elmhurst property for commercial development met strong resistance at a Community Board 5 meeting last week, where neighbors complained the owner has refused to address their complaints about the site. Comment.

Flushing YMCA honors victims of Sept. 11 attack

Police officers, firefighters and families of Sept. 11 victims were honored by the Flushing YMCA at the Kum Gang San Restaurant in Flushing last Thursday evening for the organization’s 76th Anniversary dinner. Comment.

Civic leader recognized for community efforts

Civic leader Jonathan Ridgeway has never been one to stay silent when it comes to the quality of life in his quiet corner of Little Neck. Comment.

Life of Rochdale firefighter celebrated at memorial

A standing room only crowd of more than 1,000 people packed the Rochdale Village Community Center Saturday morning to celebrate the life of Tarel Coleman, a firefighter with an omnipresent smile who marched to the beat of his own drum. Comment.

Board 29 votes to name school after late Jenkins

School Board 29 has set into motion the process of naming a district school after longtime community activist and state Assemblywoman Cynthia Jenkins, who died last month. Comment.

Boro group gets new tool in fight to quiet planes

A Queens environmental advocacy group has a new tool in its struggle to mitigate what the organization contends is a major concern of thousands of Queens residents — the roar of planes from the borough’s two great airports. Comment.

School Dist. 29 searches for super for third time

For the third time in two years School Board 29 will try to find the right person to lead the embattled school district. Comment.

Queens Village boy dies in ambulance accident

Six-year-old Jerome Clemendor of Queens Village was killed last Thursday afternoon when a city ambulance broadsided a minivan carrying the boy, his pregnant mother and two other family members, police said. Comment.

Black firefighters group helps members’ families

The Vulcan Society, the black firefighters’ fraternal organization, is helping to provide financial assistance to the families of the 12 members who died in the World Trade Center, including the relatives of Firefighter Tarel Coleman, who was remembered in a Rochdale Village ceremony Saturday. Comment.

L.I.C. studio highlights women’s art

The undervalued status of women in the male-dominated art world can sometimes be gleaned straight from a price tag. Comment.

Flushing doc gives treatment with books

As a physician’s assistant at Flushing Hospital Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Tolya Thomson is trained to quickly spot a patient’s trauma and treat it. Comment.

CB 9 debates new plans for St. Anthony’s site

Workers have begun to demolish St. Anthony’s Hospital on Woodhaven Boulevard, a building which had become a significant public safety concern, said Community Board 9 Chairman Paul Sapienza at a meeting last Tuesday night. Comment.

Police Blotter: Astoria rapist of 15-year-old sentenced to nine years in jail

ASTORIA — An Astoria man who pleaded guilty last month to repeatedly raping a 15-year-old girl over the summer has been sentenced to nine years in prison, the Queens District Attorney said. Comment.

Dining Out: Two friends from Queens are proud of their Bayside cafe

29-02 Francis Lewis Blvd., Bayside Comment.

Community Calendar Listing

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., presents YouthBuild, a job-training program for young adults ages 17-21. Students receive extensive training in different building trades and work on their GED. Job placement is available to all students. 718-961-6880, Ext. 142. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Senior Theater Acting Repertory welcomes seniors interested in acting. Meetings held Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call Ronnie Arond at 718-347-2310 or Stan Guttman at 718-224-2729. Comment.

Wheelchair repair shop calls Fort Totten home

Mobility is the name of the game at the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association’s Fort Totten office, where for more than 20 years the Queens-based group has been operating one of the only wheelchair repair shops around. Comment.

QTP takes audiences to Brighton Beach in 1937

In Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” to be presented at Queens Theatre in the Park from Nov. 30 through Dec. 9 in an Equity production directed by Robert Moss, it is 1937. Comment.

The city’s 40th police commissioner promotes autobiography in boro

There’s something unexpected about the way outgoing Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik begins his just released autobiography, “The Lost Son — A Life in Pursuit of Justice” — Comment.

Parkside Players retell classic tale of principles

The classic tale of a man standing up for his beliefs is now being retold by the Parkside Players at Grace Lutheran Church, Forest Hills in its production of “A Man For All Seasons” by Robert Bolt. Comment.

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